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It has been a difficult first season for Maurizio Sarri in England as the Italian has struggled to replicate his style of play in England.
Sarri-ball was a hit in the Italian league as he led a decent Napoli side to fight Juventus for the title, reaching record points with Napoli and smashing many records but couldn’t get the title against a Juve side who were outstanding.
Sarri has been criticised in England as his football has oftentimes struggled against teams who play direct, and the Italian has revealed why his style of play has failed to work with the Blues as he had expected.
He told Sky Sport Italia after the penalty shootout win over Frankfurt: “On a purely tactical level, I am really disappointed that I haven’t been able to work on the defensive line as much, because tonight’s Eintracht goal was entirely avoidable.
“There are many players in England who are talented, but they like to hold the ball, so it takes a while to get them to move it quicker and pass it more often.
“They also have these forwards who have a very specific way of attacking and it’s difficult to get them to change their ways.
“They want the ball passed right to their feet and often go into one-on-one situations. At that point, it’s counter-productive to force them to go against their nature.
“Clearly, Chelsea have more individualistic players than ones who will follow a system like at Napoli.”
The Chelsea manager continued: “You run into some pretty strong cultural differences, in terms of mentality, food and doing things, so to a degree you have to show respect and adapt, which means cutting down on training sessions.
“English players are accustomed to playing continually. It’s a high level, it’s not so different a style of football from ours now, seeing as almost all the Coaches here are Italian, Spanish, French and German, so they are starting to play a more tactically-evolved style, but while maintaining the intensity and tempo of English football.”